West Seattle development: Permit issued for The Whittaker

The city has issued the master-use permit for The Whittaker, the mixed-use megaproject at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW. The project team told us they got the news from the city this week, and the online files say the permit is officially dated today. According to correspondence in the same files, the project team has told the city it is eager to move forward so the deteriorating, vandalized old buildings on the site can be torn down, but has had to wait for that permit to be finalized, which has taken longer than they expected. The demolition permit is separate and is not shown as finalized yet, so you’re not going to see backhoes show up immediately, but the project team hopes some site work can start soon. The project will line Fauntleroy from Alaska to Edmunds, and Alaska from Fauntleroy to 40th, with two buildings holding about 370 apartments, a Whole Foods Market, and other retailers yet to be signed/announced. The project gained regional attention when former Mayor Mike McGinn told SDOT to reject developers’ request to buy a city-owned alley that’s on the site; the ultimate decision was up to the City Council, which approved the alley deal last April. Construction is expected to last about two years.

15 Replies to "West Seattle development: Permit issued for The Whittaker"

  • Sue September 5, 2014 (7:51 pm)

    Thanks – I’ve been wondering what was up with that, and why nothing was being worked on yet.

  • Timmy Tucker September 5, 2014 (8:31 pm)

    Look kids! Another GIANT box! Yippee!

  • Bigred September 5, 2014 (8:47 pm)


  • Out for a walk September 5, 2014 (8:55 pm)

    Is this the same group, or family that climbed the mountain?

  • Brian September 5, 2014 (9:30 pm)

    It’s about time!

  • Alki Resident September 5, 2014 (10:31 pm)

    Growing pains.

  • Wsrez September 6, 2014 (8:27 am)

    How exciting. 1.5 years and we will have whole foods, a few really amazing restaurants and a few other cool business- not to mention the ghetto corner lot will look so much nicer.

  • Thomas M. September 6, 2014 (8:32 am)

    …. and how many parking spaces? Did anybody think to extort (… er “negotiate”) the developer to put a park and ride on the property?

    • WSB September 6, 2014 (8:36 am)


  • morgan September 6, 2014 (10:09 am)

    @ Wsrez. Have some restaurants been announced. I didn’t know there were plans

  • West Seattle since 1979 September 6, 2014 (11:35 am)

    I’m curious about why there aren’t as many complaints about this particular development as there are about every other one that gets mentioned in this blog.

    • WSB September 6, 2014 (11:45 am)

      We’ve been writing about this development for more than two years now (dating back to: https://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/west-seattle-development-early-proposal-for-ex-huling-site in July 2012 ) even before a shovel of dirt’s been turned – follow the “4755 Fauntleroy” link under the headline for the archive of everything. Hundreds of comments in all, from all standpoints, though unlike most other developments, this one had its own storyline (the alley-vacation fight) for a while, separate from the design, etc. – TR

  • WS Since 66 September 6, 2014 (4:38 pm)

    West Seattle since 1979: The reasons there aren’t that many complaints is because a majority of WS residents prefer a well designed building vs an abandoned used car lot. The majority of comments here are by those opposed but those are the ones who feel “wronged” and want to vent it.

  • B September 7, 2014 (6:19 pm)

    There will be restaurants??? Ohh I hope that one of them is a Chipotle!!!

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